There are numerous benefits of float therapy.
The benefits fall into three categories:
- Gravity Reduction -
-Sensory Deprivation Or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique-
-The Healing Powers of Epsom Salt -
Benefits of Gravity Reduction
Although you are not aware of it, you are continuously using a large portion of your mental and physical resources to fight against the force of gravity. Approximately 89% of gravity no longer affects your body while floating because of the high density of the Epsom salt in the water. When left with this abundance of energy, your body spends its efforts on resting, recuperating, and healing anything that needs attention. In addition, the gravity-reduced environment allows your body to decompress, especially throughout the joints and the spinal column. It is the combination of these elements that creates the following benefits:
Pain Relief - Floating relieves back and neck pain while helping with spinal and structural alignment.
Medical Conditions - Gravity reduction reduces the pain caused from arthritis, scoliosis, and fibromyalgia.
Athletic Training - Floating reduces lactic acid, improves reaction time, and speeds the physical recovery time from training and injury.
Strengthens Immune System - The abundance of resources freed up while floating allows your body to reallocate that energy towards building up your defenses, giving you a nice boost of immunity during and after a float
Benefits of Sensory Deprivation Or Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique
In today's world we are in constant fight or flight mode, being bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information to process. Our minds are always actively working, making decisions. The brain, in interpretation to all of the daily stresses, responds by activating our sympathetic nervous system. Constant activation of the stress response is the cause for the stress epidemic. Stress creates imbalances that lead to serious diseases like hypertension, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental illnesses.
Floating frees the brain of the constant tasks of orienting the body in space and processing external stimuli. Freed from these two cerebral demands, the brain can easily slip into a profoundly deep and rejuvenating state of relaxation that eventually leads to a meditative state of slower alpha or theta brainwave patterns. Meditation has been accredited for reducing blood pressure, calming the nervous system, and recent studies suggest that it dramatically improves the immune system by reducing anxiety, worry, and stress. Regularly achieving this meditative state also produces an increased number of antibodies and improves brain function.
Floatation therapy is an effective and practical tool to reduce levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, as well as immediately lowering blood pressure without any drug intervention, special techniques, or training.
Floating also has positive effects on our biochemistry by naturally increasing pleasing and beneficial dopamine and endorphin levels, the combined effects of which contribute to a whole host of benefits including: increased performance, longevity, intelligence, memory, and well-being.
The human brain is split into two hemispheres or lobes, which operate independently and quite differently from one another. The left-brain is responsible for analytical, sequential, and logical thinking, while the right brain deals with non-verbal, simultaneous, intuitive, nonlinear, timeless, imaginative behavior. During much of our day-to-day activities, our left-brain dominates as we make decisions based on reason and logic. The right-brain is often neglected due to the overwhelming amount of the verbal/analytical information being transmitted by the left-brain.
When we float, we’re removing many of the tasks processed by the left-brain. The lack of sensory stimulation gives our right-brain a chance to thrive. This simple phenomenon is why so many floaters report increased creativity during a float session. Research has shown that there is more unity between the right and left sides of the brain during and after a float. This synchronization may indeed be one of the biggest benefits of floatation therapy, and explains reports of “an increase in productivity, performance, efficiency, and generalized feelings of competence, confidence, and wholeness.”
The benefits we receive from putting our bodies into a place of sensory relief are profound, and the following list is hardly exhaustive:
Emotional Pain Relief – Improvement in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personal breakthroughs, emotional growth
Calming for Autistic Individuals
Jet Lag Recovery
Addiction Recovery – Pain killers, smoking, alcohol, narcotics
Hemispheric Brainwave Synchronicity – Enhanced problem solving and cognitive ability
Super-learning – Improved skill acquisition, language acquisition, and memorization
Susceptibility to Hypnosis and Increased Suggestibility
Overall Well Being
Healing Powers of Epsom Salts
People have been taking Epsom salt baths for centuries, and its restorative properties have been passed down from generation to generation. When floating, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin but does not dehydrate the body as table salt would. Soaking in Epsom salts provides the following benefits:
Improved skin and hair health
Relief from muscle and joint soreness
Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium is involved in hundreds of functions throughout our bodies. With soils becoming increasingly mineral deficient, it is estimated that more than 50% of North Americans are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is used in our bodies to:
Regulate and catalyze over 300 enzymes
Facilitate calcium absorption – to support bone growth and strength
Produce insulin – helping to prevent diabetes
Absorbing magnesium while floating in the Epsom salt solution may also aid in the following:
Heart attack prevention
Reduction of migraine symptoms
Diminishing the severity of PMS
Benefits of Sulphates
Sulphates are also used for various functions in our bodies. Ensuring proper levels of sulphates can aid in the following:
Autism – Most people with autism are severely lacking in sulphates
Detoxification – Stimulates the pancreas
Formation of brain tissue
Formation of joint proteins